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Wouldn't this have been the hotel proposed for the convention center?

Yep. The pdf file dates back to 2009. I don't see that project happening, not anytime soon at least.

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Absolutely LOVE this one, SUCH an international feel to it!

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Absolutely LOVE this one, SUCH an international feel to it!

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Absolutely LOVE this one, SUCH an international feel to it!

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If it's truly from the 80's, it's funny how accurate the proposals for the arena and Finger's apartment building are....and I agree with Howard with the illuminated red station design.

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If it's truly from the 80's, it's funny how accurate the proposals for the arena and Finger's apartment building are....and I agree with Howard with the illuminated red station design.

It's an artist illustration showing how the city would look if those projects were to exist today. Some of the other projects proposed for downtown during that time are missing as well.

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If it's truly from the 80's, it's funny how accurate the proposals for the arena and Finger's apartment building are....and I agree with Howard with the illuminated red station design.

It's rendering done in 2012 to imagine what those projects would like inserted into the existing fabric. The arena and Fingers apartment tower were of course already in existence when the rendering was done.

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I'm not sure about Bank of the SW Tower (undoubtedly if it were built, it'd have a different name today). It'd definitely be stunning in the early 1990s, but it looks a bit strange today, all very 1980s looking.

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Uptown Village development. So sad what could have been.

http://www.pcg-us.com/portfolio/renderings/8-portfolio/29-freehand-renderings.html

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This project attempted to create a 5-star boutique hotel, approximately 500,000 square feet of office space and ground level retail within the framework of a New Urbanist design setting. The site, at the prestigious corner of Richmond Avenue and Post Oak Boulevard in the Galleria/Post Oak area, was carved into four pieces via internal roadways to create a walkable urban streetscape.

The hotel in one quadrant is linked to about 150 residential units in the adjacent quadrant, sharing the same parking garage. Office and some residential cover the third quadrant. Single-story, big-box retail complete the grid.

Greenwich Properties CLIENT

500,000 sf office, 125,000 sf retail, 5-star, 200-room, hotel, parking garages SIZE

http://www.johnsondesigngroup-llc.com/3122/95453.html

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Paseo

Located within the Upper Kirby District of Houston, this mixed-use development creates a lifestyle shopping environment like none other in the City.

The development, raised on a fifteen foot podium of parking, mixes 450,000 sf of retail, restaurant, fitness and grocery components with 500 units of several different residential concepts as well as over 120,000 sf of office space. From one of the most prominent corners of Houston, the Paseo or “Passageway” winds its way up to the Central Market Plaza.

Adjacent to the Plaza is retail, a 250-room hotel, a 6-story residential tower and a community/museum center. Other residential types include a highrise tower, townhouses, mid-rise apartments, fl ex office/loft space and brownstones. This dynamic mix of live/work/play/entertainment components combine to create a unique urban lifestyle experience.

http://www.johnsondesigngroup-llc.com/3122/95495.html

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I am not sure if this is the right place to ask but I need help finding a report that I saw in one of the post on the Going Up! page.  It was a market forecast report created by a Law Firm.  I cant remember a whole lot of it but it did cover commercial office, retail, and industrial market segments.  Can any of yall help me find it???

 

Thanks!

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Downtown houstonn.org keeps all those on their website

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Main Tower - Block 139

 

http://weemscollections.com/commercial-project

 

This building was proposed for the southwest corner of McKinney and Main Streets where once stood the C & I Life Building adjacent to the Lamar Hotel, and across the street from the gorgeous First City Bank Lobby designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in 1957.

 

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Le Ville Fountaine - Allen Parkway & Temple Drive

 

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The Main Tower proposal on the C&I Building site is interesting in that it indicates that at some point it was contemplated to keep the Lamar Hotel and eliminate the movie theater, C&I Building, and the Lamar annex at the Travis/McKinney corner.  Of course, ultimately Hines elected to demolish the entire block for another project that was never built.

 

 

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1000 Main isn't that different in appearance from the Main Tower.  The basic footprint of the office tower is the same; 1000 Main has the now obligatory parking podium and the fashion of the day external concrete detailing.

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Haha I doubt it. That's the midtown project right? I can only see one rendering on their site when on my phone.. I thought that was from 2008 or so and other projects have since been built on this land?

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Haha I doubt it. That's the midtown project right? I can only see one rendering on their site when on my phone.. I thought that was from 2008 or so and other projects have since been built on this land?

 

It is pretty old, but the description says downtown.

 

They do have a midtown project too, that's probably what you're thinking of.

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oh wow, hadnt seen that one before. the midtown project is definitely what i was thinking of.

it says 23 acres, but looks like its just one downtown block.. how can that be? i cant seem to manage to match the background towers to an area in downtown. it would definitely be a neat development none the less..

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Haha I doubt it. That's the midtown project right? I can only see one rendering on their site when on my phone.. I thought that was from 2008 or so and other projects have since been built on this land?

That rendering has been out for a couple years.

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It is pretty old, but the description says downtown.

 

They do have a midtown project too, that's probably what you're thinking of.

yes the flatiron-esque one I like a lot!

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looks a little like fulbright tower to the left

 

 

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I don't know man, still kind of looks like Fulbright to me, 3 Allen Center is more of a rectangle isn't it?

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To me the scale and proprtions appear to be way off. As if the the subject model were just placed I a group of unrelated models. I mean, certainly this building won't be 50 to 60 stories tall.

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To me the scale and proprtions appear to be way off. As if the the subject model were just placed I a group of unrelated models. I mean, certainly this building won't be 50 to 60 stories tall.

 

Yeah, I'm not saying that is for sure the building, just that it looks a little like Fulbright Tower.

 

I have no knowledge of where this project will actually be located.

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Looks like 1600 Smith (Continental Center I) without the crown.  How old is this rendering? 

 

More likely than not, the surroundings are just made up infill to keep the block's exact location confidential.

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Looks like 1600 Smith (Continental Center I) without the crown. How old is this rendering?

More likely than not, the surroundings are just made up infill to keep the block's exact location confidential.

Thank you! Someone got it. Too lazy to post, waited for someone else. It's Continental Ceter 1.

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^The East End Flats is/was owned by the Corps of Engineers, I think the City of Galveston reverts to controlling that land at some point (if it hasn't already).  I think any plans for developing that land as more than a park with maybe a Beachtown addition on a part of it is probably grossly overblown.  Besides that I'm never clear why anyone wants to put in a community like the one depicted above - Galveston already has that in place!  And its working.  If a developer wanted to spend $100 million on a Beachtown but rather do it in Downtown/The Strand imagine the impact!  Oh well.  There is a reason these are mostly visionary projects.

 

And why not just tell people what the building was Montrose1100?

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Market Square Development - Tower

 

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Any information on the Market Square proposal?  Was that for the block south of the square where International Tower is now proposed?

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I'm glad Houston missed out on this type of architecture. Looks like it belongs in the DFW area. Those hollow canopies are awful as well.

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I'd take that over an empty lot!  Its just Post Modern design.

 

Pretty much a catalog of design cues from the 1980s:  cascading skylights, the square windows in the base (as in Portlandia), the canopies, the arched main entrance etc.  That said, I like how the canopies and fountains align to form a formal entrance into the square to make a single composition.  While the design is dated, if it had been built ca. 1986 we probably all would have been pleased with it.  Is there any element of the proposed International Tower's design that integrates as well into the neighborhood?  

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...Is there any element of the proposed International Tower's design that integrates as well into the neighborhood?  

Great question.  I'm still not 100% sure what the appeal of that particular building is over its height and the fact it will dwarf surrounding buildings?  It is geometrically simple (compared to Crescents Folly aka 6 H-town Center), yet it is not unique or elegant; whereas 609 is (also simple) yet more elegant and architecutrally speaking a more thoughtprovoking design overall.  I'm not saying its bad, just wondering why everyone is so eager to see it built versus 609 or Chevron or others?

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Great question.  I'm still not 100% sure what the appeal of that particular building is over its height and the fact it will dwarf surrounding buildings?  It is geometrically simple (compared to Crescents Folly aka 6 H-town Center), yet it is not unique or elegant; whereas 609 is (also simple) yet more elegant and architecutrally speaking a more thoughtprovoking design overall.  I'm not saying its bad, just wondering why everyone is so eager to see it built versus 609 or Chevron or others?

 

b/c it has a pretty lighted curvature... duh!

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The Houston Center was originally supposed to cover far more than it does today, going over the area that includes the convention center and Discovery Green. Here's a few renderings (more to be revealed soon) of the Houston Center that wasn't.

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The cooler part about Houston Center was that even though it took up dozens of blocks and had an extensive system of parking, enclosed concourses, and even a people-mover, the streets weren't closed off to traffic thanks to a "platform city" concept.

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A few more related to the above if people are interested:

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As the Wikipedia article alludes to, the original Houston Center concept was massive and razed 32 blocks of downtown in preparation to build, which would include Discovery Green and most of the convention center (or at least, that's what they would be eventually).

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